A lovely large-format picture book with bright colors, full-page illustrations, and a thoroughly modern feel, Jay James Gordy’s A Christmas Star’s Wish is beautifully designed for a young child’s Christmas wish list.
“This story took place in a small town called Lightsville, where the spirit of Christmas was in the air,” the story begins, adding the sights and smells of turkeys and hams and decorated homes and yards. But one lonely Christmas star sits in the store, watching as all the shelves grow bare, and wondering if anyone will ever allow it to grace the top of a tree. It’s a plain yellow star in a plain red and white box. But it’s “the most perfect Christmas star” one little girl has ever seen, and she persuades her mom to buy it.
The story follows what that little girl plans for her star, and, by the final pages, it sits on a tree, looking out through the window at warmly clad carolers, while bright text declares “The End.” That’s not the end though, because Christmas is more than stars and trees, and one extra page , simply illustrated, offers a Bible quote to complement the message with an even better gift. We're all important, all stars, and none of us rejected.
The cover text says this is the author’s “very first book” but it doesn’t feel like a first book at all. It’s well produced, nicely constructed, bright and lively, and an enjoyable family read for the Christmas season, highly recommended.
Disclosure: The author offered me a free copy and I’m offering my honest review.
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